Vans: Mister Cartoon Interview
Vans interviewed Mister Cartoon on their website this week ahead of their new Syndicate Authentic collaboration. + + + + + Q> How did you first get involved with Vans Syndicate? I linked up with Vans through my friend Berto from Supreme back then. He always believed in my art and was an inspiration to me in the streetwear game. It was his idea of doing the Syndicate shoe and working with Vans. Q> Did you ever wear Vans growing up? I grew up in the harbor area of Los Angelesâskateboarding and surfing was always around in the neighbourhood. I bought my first pair of Vans at the OG store on Torrance Blvd. I remember in junior high weâd write our names on the side of the white rubber. Or youâd write your name and your girlfriendâs name, and rock them like that. I can remember the girls wearing the Slip-Onsâthat image is burned in my brain forever. Q> What is the meaning behind the clown drawing? The clown represents good times and bad times; we use the word âclowningâ in our vocabulary to describe something sick. Q> You designed an OTW shoe, a Slip-On, and a Simpsons Vans shoe. How were all the projects different? The Syndicate has a hardcore, streetwear old school feel. The Simpsons was a celebration of life-changing animation. For the OTW I was able to express my graffiti roots and my experience from traveling around the world. Q> Is it cool to imagine people skating in these shoes? Yes, it is. A lot of times people donât wear my shoesâthey keep them in the box as a collectorâs item. But I love seeing people sporting them, so other people can see them. Itâs even better if someone is skating them and can fuck them up a bit â¦ thatâs the best. To me itâs like having a fancy show carâitâs no good unless you drive it.